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There is need to invest in skills training and development as part of the transformation agenda-Mutati

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Minister of Science and Technology Felix Mutati says the government is committed to transforming the economy through the promotion of skills training and development.

Mr Mutati notes that there is need to invest in skills training and development, as part of the transformational agenda.

Speaking after touring the Lusaka Business Training Institute and the Thorn Park Trades Training Centre today, the Minister stated that skills development will contribute to overall job creation and national development.

He explained that skills development is very critical in the development of any country and hence the need for it to be promoted.

Mr Mutati commended the efforts put in by the two training schools, in offloading trained personnel that are equal to the task.

“Let us have people that are trained and certified to do the work out there, rather than people that are not qualified. Only then will the work be done well.

As we implement the 2022 budget which has a critical component of CDF and empowerment, the intention of the government is that we empower youths that are already invested in skills”, he added.

The Minister urged the youths, to impart the skills to others and form cooperatives in order to benefit from the government’s programmes.

He also encouraged them to think as entrepreneurs as they graduate in order to manage their own businesses and employ other people.

Speaking at the same event, Lusaka Business Training Institute Head of Engineering Bizeck Daka commended the government for their support in providing quality skills training at the school.

He said among the support received include new equipment that has enabled them offer Diploma programmes in Electrical and Automotive Engineering.

Mr Daka explained that the school has received overwhelming demand in skills training at all levels of training.

He has since encouraged the youths to equip themselves with the necessary skills in order to contribute to national development.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Yes indeed there is need for skills development, because like ZNBC today on their main news they are captioning the taxi driver who was narrating the munali billboard collapse as tax driver, I think we still have remnants from PF where political expediency came first and professionalism and due diligence came later

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  2. “Samuel Benjamin Harris is an American philosopher, neuroscientist, author, and podcast host. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, psychedelics, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence.” Wikipedia

    IMF and World Bank Knows when we are genuine.

  3. This man is too outdated for this ministry …our colleagues in Rwanda have a satellite in space specifically for education and IT, RSA will soon be launching one in space …we are still talking about basic skills training.

  4. @Tarino: did I ever hear Lungu talk of space ? Or u heard him talk of roads and shopping malls. All that would ve been a plan from Lungus budget not in any budget for the next 5 years atleast. As this GRZ must first sort out the Lungu mess and only then start building on their projects. The whole future 10years actually will simply slide away into correcting wrongs that were done in the past 10 years.

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  5. If Mutati and Bally are serious about skills training they should begin with the change of the education curriculum. Skills training must start as early as grade 7. We can have automotive mechanics, bricklayers, carpenters, blacksmiths & welders, etc at grade 7. Unfortunately our education system is churning out an average 100,000 unskilled school leavers every year out of which only 20% get into tertiary institutions. Without basic skills they end up in mobile money booths. They voted and are waiting for Bally to fix it. Even if you give them empowerment funds they won’t how to utilize them. We need to make radical changes if we are to pull Zambia out of this beleaguered status

  6. I don’t understand how one can call another outdated when he’s not offered himself for leadership. Come out of your cocoon and be counted.

  7. We voted him out – We can solve those problems alongside improving education …there is no reason stopping us turning two boarding schools in every province into advanced IT schools where coding is taught…that’s the future. That’s where the jobs will be.

  8. @Ayatollah, always sober and logical with your contributions. I couldn’t have said it better. Except to add that pupils must learn standard curriculum till 9th grade and begin to branch into trade schools and applied universities afterwards.
    In fact, developing countries are exporting lots of skilled contractors now, we need to jump on board and have a lead in this.

  9. FELIX! YOU ARE WASTING TIME. STOP LECTURING US ABOUT THE “NEED TO INVEST IN TECHNOLOGY” AND START GIVING US MILE STONES OF HOW YOU INTEND TO ACHIEVE THAT, IN ORDER TO SPUR DEVELOPMENT AS PER PROMISE. NOT THE USUAL POLITICAL TALK SHOW. TO ME YOU LOOK CLUE LESS SIR.

  10. #9 Chiza Chirwa, thanks for sharing my thoughts, we can’t change Zambia if we continue to do what we have been doing that past 57 years

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